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Take me out to the old ball game

July 9, 2017
Faribault County Register

I?usually try and make it to at least one Minnesota Twins game every season.

Sometimes more than one. Some years it was lots more than one. One year it was to several games, a couple of playoff games and even two World Series games.

In the good ol' days of Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, the Twins issued press passes to each and every newspaper in the state. Come to any game, they said. They even had a press room filled with refreshments.

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Former Brownton, Minnesota, newspaper publisher Chuck Warner, 93, throws the ceremonial first pitch to Twins mascot TC before a recent game.

That was in the days of owner Calvin Griffith. I call those the good ol' days for a reason.

But, I digress.

On Thursday, June 22, I made it to my first Twins game of this season.

Well, sort of anyway. While I was at Target Field for six-plus hours, I never saw any of the game except I did see one pitch.

Let me explain.

A group of current and past newspaper folks from around the state went to the game that Thursday. In fact, we even rented one of those luxury suites you know, the ones with food and beverages included.

The reason for our attendance was because the Twins were saluting Minnesota newspapers and the Minnesota Newspaper Association, which is celebrating its 150th year in existence.

One of our revered past presidents, Chuck Warner, of Brownton, was even going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Warner is 93 years young and is also a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

We were to be at the Target Field by 11 a.m. with the ceremonial first pitch set for 11:40.

But it started raining on our way into the ball park and it continued to rain when it was time for that first pitch. And then it rained some more, and some more and some more.

Six and a half hours later, at 5:30 p.m., Chuck Warner and other past presidents got onto the field for the first pitch.

And then we left. We had another event already slated for that evening and we could not stay. You see, we thought the game would be over way in time for us to get to that next event.

But, we were wrong.

Longest rain delay for the start of a game in Twins history.

Oh well, it could have been worse. We could have been out in the stadium in the rain, like a whole lot of little Edina Community Rec kids were. But we weren't we were snug in our luxury suite with food and beverages and a whole lot of visiting with fellow newspaper people.

It was actually pretty fun.

And we didn't have to stick around and see the Twins lose miserably later that evening.

I'm still going to try and get to another Twins game yet this year. And I know it will be different from this last one. I will be in the cheap seats and I will probably actually see some baseball being played.

Who knows? Maybe there will be some playoff and World Series games played at Target Field this fall...



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